Boatworks Today: Making Hatches for the Bertram

Andy Miller has been busy reconstructing parts of his Bertram Moppie, adding strength and removing weight from some vital areas. Today he conquers the best way to template and cut hatches which will fit into the fuel lockers he has built for the deck. Using Coosa Board for the core, Andy constructs the new hatches after a serious test fit and modification to the plywood template. In order to achieve the right height for the hatch covers, he laminates a few layers of the Coosa Board together with some High Performance Epoxy that he thickened slightly with Silica to help bond the pieces together.  After discovering a few tweaks that help him achieve a perfect fit, he ends up with pieces that should slide right into place for hatches that will look like they’ve been there since the boat was built.

Enjoy today’s video of the week! Let us know what you think about Andy’s project below!

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